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Joubert named among referees for Rio sevens

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament. Credit: PA

South African Craig Joubert is among the referees chosen by World Rugby to officiate at this summer's Rio Olympics.

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament, which also includes Scotsman Mike Adamson.

The women's competition group of officials, meanwhile, features England's Sara Cox and Scottish official Alex Pratt.

Rugby union, in its sevens format, will return to the Olympics following a 92-year absence.

Joubert, who is a highly-experienced sevens referee, controlled the 15-a-side 2011 World Cup final in New Zealand, but at last autumn's England-hosted tournament he made a controversial late decision during the Scotland versus Australia quarter-final that World Rugby later announced had been incorrect.

Cavendish available for GB Olympic track team

Mark Cavendish has made himself available for selection for Great Britain's Olympic track cycling team.

The 30-year-old from the Isle of Man took time to reflect on his Track Cycling World Championships performance, where he placed sixth in the six-discipline omnium earlier this month and won gold in the non-Olympic Madison alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Cavendish has put himself forward to be considered for August's Games in Rio. Credit: PA

And Cavendish, who has twice suffered Olympic disappointment, has put himself forward to be considered for August's Games in Rio after speaking to British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton.

Sutton said: "I spoke to him earlier this week on what his intentions were and his intentions are to carry on with the project.

"Given his performance at the worlds, he's decided that he wants to be put forward for selection at the Games.

"We just wanted him to go away and see where he was at. He's decided he feels he's done enough to warrant putting himself forward and he believes he can still win."

The rider in the omnium must also be able to slot into the four-rider, four-kilometres team pursuit squad as there are three rounds of competition in close proximity.

The team event takes priority over the omnium, which can be something of a lottery, and Cavendish must be able to compete at gold medal-winning, world record-breaking pace.

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Pregnant women advised not to travel to Rio Olympics

Pregnant women have been given additional health warnings ahead of the Olympic games Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Pregnant women have been advised not to travel to this year's Olympics in Rio as concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus continue to grow.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recommended that pregnant women avoid attending the games due to the fact the infection in a pregnant woman "is linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and miscarriage".

Professional boxers set to compete at Olympics

Top professional boxers will become eligible to compete in this summer's Rio Olympics under radical new proposals being pushed through by the sport's world governing body, AIBA.

Anthony Joshua celebrates with his Gold medal in 2012. Credit: PA

Its president, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has indicated that the last remaining barriers preventing full-time professionals competing in the Games are set to be abolished within a matter of months.

In an interview with Press Association Sport, Wu said: "We want the best boxers to come to the Olympic Games. It is AIBA's 70th birthday, and we want something to change - not after four years, but now.

"It is an IOC policy to have the best athletes in the Games, and of the international federations, AIBA is probably the only one without professional athletes in the Olympics.

"We already have our own professionals, APB and WSB boxers, in the Games - [and] we will go further."

Pressed on whether the change could realistically be made in time to affect eligibility for the Rio Olympics this summer, Wu replied: "According to our statutes it is absolutely possible."

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